Adapted from Instagram

Rising to fame with a Grammy nomination and an uncle who manages rapper R. Kelly, Aaliyah Haughton was about to become one of the biggest names in pop music. On her way home from filming her Rock the Boat music video back in 2001, the 22-year-old star tragically passed away in a plane crash.


The singer had already produced hits like Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, One in a Million, and Are You That Somebody? to name a few, but for the modern listener these are difficult to find. Aside from her album Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, they're nowhere to be found on streaming services.

This could be due to her uncle, Barry Hankerson, who ran Blackground Records. After Aaliyah's death in 2001, Hankerson went quiet and from there, the record label began its decline. Musicians like Timbaland and Toni Braxton have had problems, leading to legal action against Blackground. Most problems with digital streaming uploads are caused by artists holding out for more profitable royalty terms or uncleared samples, but the absence of Aaliyah's music has been a mystery. The hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic has even trended on Twitter. Fortunately, an update has come from the official Aaliyah Haughton Twitter and Instagram accounts!

"A message from the Estate of Aaliyah Haughton"

Yesterday, August 25th, fans finally got an update from Aaliyah's official run Instagram account. The late singer's estate has begun communication with record labels. The message is as follows:

"We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah's music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future. Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!"

We're hoping that Aaliyah's music can be streamed soon!

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